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Fostering diversity

Postal leaders discuss efforts at A-PLUS meeting

USPS Dave Williams speaks at podium
Chief Operating Officer David Williams addresses the recent African-American Postal Leaders United for Success (A-PLUS) national convention in Philadelphia.

USPS is committed to fostering diversity at all levels, Chief Operating Officer David Williams told a gathering of African-American postal leaders and employees last week.

“We are proud to represent a diverse employee population,” Williams said during his keynote address at the national convention for African-American Postal Leaders United for Success (A-PLUS) in Philadelphia.

“We endeavor to embrace an inclusive environment that recognizes and values the richness of people’s viewpoints, experiences, cultures and backgrounds.”

Williams discussed the Postal Service’s efforts, which include:

  • Expanding its Executive Diversity Council, the organization’s senior advisory group on diversity and inclusion matters
  • Offering more training to help postal leaders effectively manage diversity in their workplaces
  • Participating in activities such as Celebrate Diversity Month, which is held each April to help employees from all walks of life gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of each other

Other postal leaders at the meeting included Chief Information Officer Kristin Seaver, Eastern Area VP Joshua Colin and Great Lakes Area VP Jacqueline Krage Strako.

A-PLUS also marked its 30th anniversary at the convention. The organization was founded in 1987 by 14 individuals, and eight of the nine who are alive participated in the convention.

The A-PLUS site has more information, including details about the organization’s training and mentoring programs.

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